* The JoGo Project “One For Pops”

The young saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed came up in the D.C. area, the rare ’90s baby enamored with the jazz greats. But he couldn’t help picking up some hometown music pride along the way—and for a little over a year, just before Chuck Brown died, Balbed played sax in the go-go icon’s band. In the JoGo Project, Balbed melds his experiences growing up on and then playing go-go with his mastery of the jazz tenor tradition. And he’s got the help of a strong, 10-piece ensemble.

The group celebrates its first commercial release “One For Pops” EP with a pair of special shows at Blues Alley. 8 and 10 p.m.

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Giovanni is the founder of CapitalBop, and a music critic for the New York Times. He previously served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others, and hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. As head of CapitalBop, he has covered the D.C. jazz scene since 2010. (He is no longer directly involved in the presenting of CapitalBop's concerts.) He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at editor@capitalbop.com. Reach Giovanni at editor@capitalbop.com.